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The Rocky Mountain Map Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of maps and other items of cartographic interest. The Society was formed in 1991 and is based in Denver, Colorado.  Upcoming meetings, past events and other information can be found at the tabs above. We hope to see you soon!

Announcements:

  • Upcoming Talks:

    • The Role of Maps in Electoral Redistricting
      Tuesday, February 27, 2024 @ 5:30 PM MT

      Topic: Electoral redistricting for congressional representatives takes place after the decennial census in the United States. Population data provides the basis for how many people should be grouped in each geographic area, while laws and regulations guide the decisions made by the people designated to draw district lines. While maps are central to this process, how the maps are constructed to represent the residents is dependent on choices made at state and local levels. This presentation will examine redistricting in the context of 1) global approaches to geographic representation, 2) manipulation of districts to maintain power, and 3) current democracy reform projects in the United States. Consider with whom you have been clustered in state or local legislative districts and how such grouping impacts legislative actions.

      Speaker:
      Rebecca Theobald is Associate Research Professor in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She directs GeoCivics, asking geographic questions to address electoral redistricting and emphasizing the role geospatial technology plays in drawing districts. From 2008 through 2018, she served as coordinator of the Colorado Geographic Alliance, part of National Geographic's Network of Alliances for Geographic Education, providing professional development for teachers across Colorado. She has served as editor of the National Council for Geographic Education’s journal, “The Geography Teacher”, since 2016. Theobald earned doctoral and masters’ degrees in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

      PLEASE NOTE: We will offer this program in person and via Zoom. 

      Meeting Place: History Colorado Center, Downtown Denver
      Register for a free ticket here

      Please click here for parking information and map. Program will be in the Martin Room, 4th flo
      or. Please enter the building at the main (front) entrance.

      Attend Online:

      Zoom Link

       

    • Is This North America?
      Tuesday, March 26 2024 @ 5:30 PM MT

      Topic: The earliest World Maps (c. 1502-1516) appear to depict the Eastern Coast of North America decades before its documented exploration. This enigma has been called “The most baffling [cartographic] problem” of its time. (W. P. Cumming, R. A. Skelton, and D. B. Quinn). This presentation will examine these maps in detail, present contemporary written information regarding this geography presented, and conclude by arguing that the geography presented is not North America but rather the earliest expression of an overestimated Cuba.

      Speaker: Don McGuirk is a retired pediatrician and a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Map Society. He has written extensively on the subject of early exploration of the New World. Now living in Kansas City, his publications can be found on our website.

      PLEASE NOTE: We will offer this program in person and via Zoom. 

      Meeting Place: History Colorado Center, Downtown Denver
      Register here for a free ticket

      Please click here for parking information and map.

      Program will be in the Martin Room, 4th flo
      or. Please enter the building at the main (front) entrance.

      Attend Online:
      Zoom Link

       

  • Time Traveler's Map of Denver (link) - A site to compare historic maps of Denver with the current map.

  • Follow the Rocky Mountain Map Society on Facebook.

  • The Rocky Mountain Map Society has a YouTube Page now! Past talks are available to view whenever you like. Check it out!

  • Our friend John Docktor has a wonderful list of all upcoming map events, not just in the USA, but across the pond as well. Please check it out!

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